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"I just don't want him to suffer anymore..."

Almost always when I walk into a patient’s hospital room, the first thing I do is turn off the TV. Sometimes, I'll turn off the roommate’s TV, too. (Every room has two, you know.) Have you ever tried to maintain interest in someone’s diarrhea when right behind your head there’s a John Wayne marathon on AMC ?

Well, for whatever reason, today I left it on as I walked up to the bed in critical care. And sure enough, like the TV-zombie child of the 70’s that I am, I was soon fighting desperately to concentrate on my patient’s kidney failure instead of the breaking news on the Today Show: “NYC studio offers naked yoga.” That’s right, naked yoga. Fig leaves? Shame? Those are so Garden-of-Eden. Here in America, we gonna let it all hang out.

Suddenly, it became clearer than ever before that all a man needs to understand America is Isaiah 5...

Sermon notes: Galatians Series, Number 11...

How good it is that neither the Apostle to the Gentiles, nor the Apostles to the Jews there in the Jerusalem church, sought to issue a compromise in order to allow the false prophets (or the more rigorous among the believers) to save face. No, instead it was a clean break with the past:

Verse 9: and recognizing the grace that had been given to me, James and Cephas and John, who were reputed to be pillars, gave to me and Barnabas the right hand of fellowship, so that we might go to the Gentiles and they to the circumcised.

* G. K. Chesterton On Arguments:

People generally quarrel because they cannot argue.

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There are two kinds of peacemakers in the modern world; and they are both, though in various ways, a nuisance. The first peacemaker is the man who goes about saying that he agrees with everybody. He confuses everybody. The second peacemaker is the man who goes about saying that everybody agrees with him. He enrages everybody. Between the two of them they produce a hundred times more disputes and distractions than we poor pugnacious people would ever have thought of in our lives.

NOTE: This is number 11 in a series on Galatians. If this is your first time reading sermon notes here, please take time to read a helpful explanation at the bottom of this post.

From the Pulpit of Church of the Good Shepherd/Clearnote Church, Bloomington

February 1, 2004; AM
Galatians Series No. 11
The Right Hand of Fellowship II
Sermon Text: Galatians 2:1-10

This Lord’s Day, we turn to our eleventh in a series of sermons on the New Testament book of Galatians...

John MacArthur revisited...

[NOTE: This post has been edited to correct a mistake concerning chronology.]

Today, I decided to check to see what happened to John MacArthur's compensation by Grace to You and Masters College and Seminary as reported in the 2012 IRS 990s? The 2012 990s (reporting on 2011) are the next year of figures that have been made available since the last time we wrote here on Baylyblog. Again, the IRS requires MacArthur to reveal these numbers. Thus the numbers here that are not estimates are public records.

Here then are the more recent 2011 figures compared to our previous 2010 figures...

Here am I, send me...

An hour and a half west of Bloomington is the city of Terre Haute which is home to the small and reputable school, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. Tomorrow night, this little conservative engineering school in the middle of a city notorious for its lowlife druggies (crystal meth) will host a forum on so-called "marriage equality," which is to say homosexual marriage. The questions to be addressed are:

(1) What is marriage from a legal standpoint? What distinguishes it from other legal relationships?
(2) Does marriage benefit the state?
(3) Why does the government recognize marriage?
(4) How does the Fourteenth Amendment apply to the legality of same-sex marriage? How are civil rights involved?
(5) How does marriage law interact with state and national law? How is marriage a judicial issue?
(6) Also, what are the legal ramifications of the HJR-3? [House Joint Resolution 3 prohibiting homosexual marriage]

Across America, the chattering class has found its latest heartthrob, and it's nothing as pretty as Taylor Swift. Desperately trying to clean it up, they refer to this lie and the dirty acts it exists to legitimize and institutionalize as "marriage equality." Their icy hearts go pitter-patter with deviancy's every advance, and they give themselves to exquisite shivers when these advances occur out there in the hinterlands. Already banned from New York by Governor Cuomo's henchmen, Christians are silent as the marriage equality movement inexorably expands out there in the Midwest. Cuomo rejoices that the hated "Bible thumpers" are one step closer to Siberia.

But what have we done to merit such hatred?

Roman Catholics are not immune...

Top of the morning to you! This past week, I received this e-mail solicitation from John MacArthur. Or was it Chuck Swindoll or Al Mohler?

Oh, alright. Same verse just a little bit worse. The solicitation was from my Tridentine (Latin) Mass Roman Catholic friends who published Joe Sobran until he died. They're holding a conference on the coming persecution, which I'm very much in favor of conferences examining. For many years I've been saying to Christian parents that we need to be raising our children to suffer for their faith. Not to be rich and well-educated and successful, but to suffer for their faith.

So when I scanned down the ad and hit the venue, I laughed and forwarded it to my family. Reminds me of Wheaton a decade and a half after its storied Auca Indian martyrs burnished the image of Wheaton as a conservative Christian college. At the time I was going to Wheaton Christian Grammar School with all my Van der this and Van der that classmates from  the CRC church just down the block. All of a sudden, a magnificent building began rising from the ground in the large lot next door to the school...

"He comes to my house and works His will..."

Earlier today, I wrote this in an e-mail to a dear friend whose father-in-law died in his home a month ago...


Forty-one years of the slaughter of babies across America...

Yesterday marked the forty-first anniversary of the legalization of baby-slaughter by the evil justices of the Supreme Court of these United States. Their arguments were devious, or simply lies. But they had their way, and now they will face God and give an account for these forty-one years of bloodshed of innocents. Again this year, I post a sermon preached ten years ago in Indiana's Statehouse to focus our thoughts on this greatest of all evils we face today. Take time to read the sermon, thinking how you can speak up, and like Noah, be a preacher of righteousness.

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The Lord'€™s Throne Is in Heaven

(For the choir director; a psalm of David.) In the LORD I take refuge; how can you say to my soul, "Flee as a bird to your mountain; for, behold, the wicked bend the bow, they make ready their arrow upon the string to shoot in darkness at the upright in heart. If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?" The LORD is in His holy temple; the LORD'€™S throne is in heaven; His eyes behold, His eyelids test the sons of men. The LORD tests the righteous and the wicked, and the one who loves violence His soul hates. Upon the wicked He will rain snares; fire and brimstone and burning wind will be the portion of their cup. For the LORD is righteous, He loves righteousness; the upright will behold His face. (Psalm 11:1-7)

Thirty one (now forty-one) years ago today, on January 22nd, 1973, the Supreme Court of these United States issued its infamous ruling, Roe v. Wade, in which the Court declared that a mother's intentional killing of her unborn child was a fundamental right guaranteed under our Constitution. Since that ruling, it has been a commonplace to observe that Roe v. Wade, the Court's repeal of the laws prohibiting abortion on the books of all fifty states, was simply the exercise of raw judicial power with a legal justification based upon a mist and a vapor--€”or as the Court itself might put it, emanations from penumbras.

Our Supreme Court: intentionally conniving at murder...

Since 1973, no one has made a name for himself defending Roe. v. Wade’s history, biology, ethics, logic, or justice; and only a few have been foolish enough to claim this ruling will stand the test of time...

Planetary conviviality, human flourishing...

You may casually dismiss this stuff, but this is the future of Evangelical religion. It will be toned down, somewhat, when it's taken out there to the hinterlands, and localized, but this sort of pantheistic, radically subjective, mystical ad copy is not transparently evil to people acclimated to Christian religion by men like Tim Keller. They're good prep for emotive blather such as "planetary conviviality."

Again, from Union Theological Seminary's e-mail update:

FORREST CHURCH MEMORIAL LECTURE: Dr. Keller [not Tim] develops the relational potential of a theology of becoming. Her books reconfigure ancient symbols of divinity for the sake of a planetary conviviality—a life together, across vast webs of difference...

World Cup predictions...

Yikes, I think he's right.


Because Moses was married to a Cushite woman...

Then Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses because of the Cushite woman whom he had married (for he had married a Cushite woman)...  - Numbers 12:1

Preaching on Psalm 90 the first Lord's Day of the new year, I wanted to say a bit about Moses since this Psalm begins with the attribution, "A prayer of Moses, the man of God." At the time of the rebellion against Moses led by his sister and brother, Miriam and Aaron, Scripture brings the account to an end with that wonderful statement that Moses was "very humble, more than any man who was on the face of the earth."

Wanting to explain the context of this high praise, I went roaming for commentary on the racism of Miriam and Aaron that was behind their rebellion...

Nat Hentoff says impeach President Obama...

The old liberal warhorse, Nat Hentoff, has called for the impeachment of President Barack Obama. It would make my heart sing.

Hentoff's anger is focussed on President Obama's refusal to honor the Constitutional limits of his authority as president. Thing is, no one cares about the Constitution any more. Start with our Supreme Court justices. They are lawless hypocrites. Imagine finding a right to kill little babies in the Constitution written by our Colonial forefathers! It's preposterous.

Then follow their hypocrisy as they build upon that base, declaring sodomy good and nationalized health care a tax, and constitutional.

Shameless these men and women are.

So were I going to call for the impeachment of anyone, it would be our...

Sermon notes: Galatians Series, Number 10...

We must recognize that we have not been saved to a life of sanctified hedonism, but to taking up our cross with our Master, doing the works He has done. We have been saved with a purpose behind our salvation, and that purpose is always to remember the poor. We have been saved from works-righteousness to the gratitude and love-righteousness that is at the center of our hearts due to our union with Christ, our becoming one with and in Christ.

Thus it is that in the recording of the conclusions of the Council of Jerusalem found in Acts 15 and here, both of which make it clear that circumcision is to be denied any place in the Gospel (because “by works of righteousness will no man be saved”), we also find, seamlessly woven into the text, commands for specific acts of holiness:

NOTE: This is number 10 in a series on Galatians. If this is your first time reading sermon notes here, please take time to read a helpful explanation at the bottom of this post.

From the Pulpit of Church of the Good Shepherd/Clearnote Church, Bloomington

January 25, 2004; AM
Galatians Series No. 10
The Right Hand of Fellowship
Sermon Text: Galatians 2:1-10

This Lord’s Day, we turn to our tenth in a series of sermons on the New Testament book of Galatians...